So, at the office we all got new computers. It's not that our P4s couldn't do the job, it's that according to the finance department, out computers were worthless, and we had to get new ones. (And they say geeks defy reality!)
Can't buy the computers either, because they are worthless. Can't get them donated to school, because they are worthless. Of course, that makes my computers at home less than worthless, and the ones at the school archaic. The business world is insane.
So, they brought a new one to my desk, one of those fancy new Dell black things. They came to transfer data and "upgrade" (where needed) it from 2k to XP (which i don't want), so i took out the old hard drive (and bay) and put in an extra one we had lying around. Of course the Dell dude freaked out and told me he wasn't supposed to be working on 95 (tee hee)!
So, now it's me and mister new computer. I open her up to see what made her tick, and found SATA drives, and a sort of supported ATA interfeace. The bay didn't fit in well, and was a different color anyway. So far, so bad.
The keyboard had no rim, and the back did not have a PS/2 socket for my old KB. I bought a PS2->USB converter, and that failed. Now, the store (Micro Center) had two types of such converters, one for the mouse and one for the keyboard. I challenged the sales dude saying the spec was the same (and implying this was a ridiculous gimick) and he said he thought so too, but that's the way it is *and* the mouse one worked better anyway (for keyboards). I took it, and it failed. I feel like that Jamaican guy in Futurama (Lost city of Atlanta) when Bender finds his cigar burnt down the (underwater) seashell leaving just the metal frame. When Bender says something like "so *that's* where that was", he says somethign like "but that makes even _less_ sense."
But wait, there's more.
They gave me an LCD display (locked down to the desk with a good chain (but an easily breakable part of the monitor) with 10,000 combinations). It must be a 17" but demands a higher than 1024x768 screen (iirc 1280). With my eyesight, that's a bit too small. Oh? So change the resolution? You know how LCDs work. Crisp at one resolution, blurry at the others.
So, i put the box under my desk, the keyboard in an overhead, and the monitor next to the cube wall (it's still locked down), and grabbed an open computer, monitor, and keyboard in the area. Changed hard drives and all is back to normal.
Well, i did get an optical mouse out of the deal.